Analyticity and Syntheticity: A Diachronic Perspective With by Armin Schwegler

By Armin Schwegler

The sequence is a platform for contributions of all types to this quickly constructing box. normal difficulties are studied from the point of view of person languages, language households, language teams, or language samples. Conclusions are the results of a deepened learn of empirical information. targeted emphasis is given to little-known languages, whose research may perhaps shed new gentle on long-standing difficulties normally linguistics.

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Bloomfield could well have used these arguments in support of his definition of the word. This, however, is not the case. ] have the status of words' (1963 [1933]: 179-180). " As R. Harris (1972:128) observes, Bloomfield fails to stick to a rigorous use of his own terminology in the passage where he describes au in au roi as a case of 'a single phoneme representing two words' (p. 179). , c'est vous). Thus, according to the criterion of minimum free form, vous allez represents two Word delimitation 35 words (both vous and allez being minimum free forms [VOUJ as the disjunctive pronoun, allez!

Following the lead of Greenberg's quantitative methods, typologists in the past two decades have recently reformulated and extended the classic quantitative approach. It has become increasingly obvious that one must select carefully a number of different strategies to obtain a more balanced picture. V. Krupa (1965), V. Krupa and G. Altmann (1966), E. SlaviCková (1968), J. Kelemen (1970), G. Altmann and W. Lehfeldt (1973), and H. Haarmann (1976) all subscribe to such a view and propose new avenues.

While linguistic units such as the phoneme or morpheme give rise to little dis- 30 Analyticity and Syntheticity agreement, the same cannot be said of the word. ' (Crystal 1980:383) 'en linguistique structurale, la notion de mot est souvent évitée en raison de son manque de rigueur' (Dubois 1973:327) 'the word as a linguistic unit is ... difficult to define' (Hartmann 1972:256) Comments such as these are typically followed by brief bibliographic references to authors known for having contributed a "solution" to the problem.

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